Dear Gordon,

 

Thanks for sending the latest information.  I pass it on to journalists who might be sympathetic but what a disgrace that it receives such little national attention.  It’s about time the left rallied round in strength. Dirty tricks by Union bureaucrats is nothing new.

 

All the very best,

Ken Loach

 

Unite leaders forced to back down from their attempt to imprison him.

 

Unite leaders’ attempt to cripple Gordon with legal costs thrown out by the court

 

“I will now be returning to my lawful protest outside Transport House” Gordon McNeill

 

Next protest will begin at 1pm tomorrow (Thursday 4 September)

 

The case brought by the Unite leadership against sacked airport shop steward, Gordon McNeill, was heard in the Belfast High Court this morning. Unite were attempting to have Gordon imprisoned for breaking an injunction barring him from protesting at Transport House.

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Part of this mornings protest outside court

 

Jimmy Kelly confronted by protestors
Jimmy Kelly confronted by protestors
 

 

 

 

 

Jimmy Kelly is determined to make trade union history by being the first union leader to put one of his shop stewards in prison. And, just to make matters worse, he wants it done for the crime of protesting outside an empty building!

This is not the first time Jimmy Kelly has tried to get Gordon McNeill thrown in jail. At the end of May, when Gordon was two weeks into a hunger strike and seven days into a hunger and thirst strike, Jimmy did his best to send him down. Continue Reading »

Protest Outside Belfast High Court 9.30am Wednesday 3 September

Senior officials of the Unite trade union are continuing in their attempt to have sacked Belfast Airport Shop Steward, Gordon McNeill jailed for the “crime” of protesting outside an empty building. Continue Reading »

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Court case to be heard next Wednesday (3rd Sept) at which Gordon will face fines or imprisonment or both

 

Protests to be called next week against the injunction

 

“Not only are the Unite leaders trying to deny me the right to speak, now they are also trying to take away my democratic right to protest” Gordon McNeill Continue Reading »

Start of protest delayed because Gordon collapsed and had to delay travelling to Belfast

 

Protest is over the Unite leadership’s insistence that Gordon signs up to a gagging clause before they give him a penny compensation

 

“I want Tony Woodley and Jimmy Kelly to be held personally responsible for whatever may happen now”  Gordon McNeill

 

Gordon McNeill began his protest outside Transport House at 3pm this afternoon. The start of his protest had to be delayed for three hours because Gordon last night stopped taking pain killers and other medication in preparation for his hunger and thirst strike and was unable to travel.

 

Gordon is continuing his protest this afternoon and will begin a hunger and thirst strike at 10 am tomorrow morning. This protest is in defiance of the injunction served on him by Unite Irish Regional Secretary, Jimmy Kelly.

 

His protest will end as soon as Unite General Secretary, Tony Woodley and Regional Secretary, Jimmy Kelly agree to pay him the compensation they paid to his fellow shop stewards, Chris Bowyer and Madan Gupta, but without the clause preventing him from ever again speaking about the role of the union in the dispute.

 

Gordon today commented:

 

“Tony Woodley and Jimmy Kelly are offering me a bribe to keep me silent about the role of officials of my union. I will never accept these terms.

 

“I want them to pay me the compensation they paid my colleagues, but as a right not as a bribe.

 

“The full responsibility for what will now happen rests with Tony Woodley and Jimmy Kelly. The question that they will have to answer is why did they prolong this dispute by insisting on my silence on their role and the role of other officials of my union.

 

“All union officials should be accountable to the members they represent. But how can members make them accountable if they are not allowed to know the facts about what they have done? I am here defending the right of every Unite member to be fully informed about what their officials are doing.

 

“All my supporters have urged me not to go back to a hunger and thirst strike. My health has already suffered badly as a result of previous protests and I know the consequences of what I am doing. But I am left with no choice at this stage.

 

“I am in need of urgent surgery but have refused the operation until this is sorted out. I am not prepared to spend months recuperating knowing that at the end of it all I will have to start up my fight with my union leaders all over again. One way or another I want this resolved first.

 

“I am determined to see this through until I get justice. I invite Unite members and journalists to contact Tony Woodley and Jimmy Kelly and ask how they can justify paying bribes to members to keep them quiet.”

Press Release 27 August 2008

Gordon McNeill to resume protest at Transport House from midday 28 August against the attempts by the Unite leadership to bribe and gag him.  

Unite leaders, Tony Woodley and Jimmy Kelly, pay Chris Bowyer and Madan Gupta £40,000 each on condition that they never again criticise the role of union officials in their long dispute.

Gordon McNeill says: “My right to tell the truth about what happened is not for sale, not at any price. I want them to give me the compensation to which I am entitled as a right, not as a bribe”

Sacked airport shop steward, Gordon McNeill, has announced that he intends to resume his public protest at Transport House starting at midday tomorrow – (28 August). His protest will be in defiance of the injunction served on him by Irish Regional Secretary, Jimmy Kelly, barring him from protesting at Transport House.

He is doing so against medical advice. As a result of his previous hunger and thirst strikes, Gordon needs urgent and high risk surgery on his neck. He has restricted movement, is in constant pain and has been told that any blow to his neck could leave him paralysed.

He is refusing surgery until the Unite leaders responsible for his dispute, General Secretary, Tony Woodley and Irish Regional Secretary, Jimmy Kelly, remove the gagging clause from their settlement offer.

Gordon’s two colleagues, Chris Bowyer and Madan Gupta, will not be participating in this protest only because they have been paid £40,000 each by Unite on the condition that they never speak about this dispute again.

Gordon today said:

“I will never be bribed into silence. Unite members and members of other unions have a right to know what has happened to us. I have no right to sell that right and Jimmy Kelly and Tony Woodley are acting in a completely unprincipled way in demanding that I do so.

“I should be in hospital getting surgery that I urgently need but I am determined to get this dispute resolved before I undergo this operation. I don’t want to have to spend months recovering only to have to resume protests that might again damage my health.

The way to resolve it is simple – just pay me the compensation that has already been paid to Chris Bowyer and Madan Gupta but without the gagging clause. If Jimmy Kelly and Tony Woodley continue to refuse to do so, the question that must be asked is what is it that they are so concerned about that they are prepared to pay three shop stewards a total of £120,000 to suppress?”

For further information contact Gordon on 07934632366

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